Com­mu­nity coun­cil needs new mem­bers

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Alyth res­i­dents are be­ing urged to step for­ward and join the town’s com­mu­nity coun­cil to save it from fall­ing in to abeyance.

Those in­volved with the group have warned that it will dis­ap­pear this week if the statu­tory or­gan­i­sa­tion fails to at­tract new mem­bers.

The cur­rent chair of Alyth Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, Amanda Blake­man, an­nounced ear­lier this year that she will be stand­ing down at the group’s AGM on Wed­nes­day af­ter 11 years. And she re­newed an ap­peal for more lo­cal res­i­dents to get on board and play a role in their com­mu­nity.

Amanda said:“Com­mu­nity coun­cils are the most lo­cal tier of statu­tory rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Scot­land.

“They bridge the gap be­tween lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“Their pri­mary pur­pose is to as­cer­tain and ex­press the views of the com­mu­nity to the lo­cal author­ity and to other pub­lic bod­ies, es­pe­cially in ar­eas such as plan­ning.

“Alyth Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has a long his­tory of in­volve­ment in a wide range of other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing fundrais­ing, or­gan­is­ing com­mu­nity events, un­der­tak­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal and ed­u­ca­tional projects and more.

“There are cur­rently six mem­bers of Alyth Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and we have five va­can­cies.

“How­ever, af­ter 11 years on the com­mu­nity coun­cil I feel it is time for me to stand down.

“I have a number of other work and vol­un­tary com­mit­ments, par­tic­u­larly my in­volve­ment with the Alyth De­vel­op­ment Trust, which is a very dif­fer­ent group to the com­mu­nity coun­cil.

“When I stand down, there will only be five mem­bers of the com­mu­nity coun­cil, which is not enough for the or­gan­i­sa­tion to le­gally func­tion.

“It will there­fore fold if no one comes for­ward to join.”

Alyth Com­mu­nity Coun­cil meets once a month, ex­cept in July and De­cem­ber, on a Wed­nes­day night.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing is wel­come to at­tend the AGM at 7pm on Wed­nes­day, May 24 in the Lesser Town Hall.

Stand­ing down Amanda Blake­man

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